Police chief praises officers while preparing for further cuts in budget

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has paid tribute to the officers who will be patrolling the streets over the festive season.

She said: “Police officers, along with other emergency service staff, will be working across the Christmas and New Year period and I am very grateful to them, as their efforts allow us to enjoy time with our families knowing that they are working to keep our communities safe.

“When you are out and about over the festive season and you see your local bobby on the beat – wish them a Merry Christmas, they’ll appreciate it.”

She added: “Christmas is an opportunity when most people get to spend time with their families and friends.

“Sadly, criminals don’t take time off, that is why Northumbria Police has been sending known burglars Christmas cards – letting them know, we know where they are and what they are up to.”

Mrs Baird says that one of pressing tasks in early 2016 will be looking at all budgets to see how the force can absorb the cost of further cuts, adding :“We have continued to deliver for victims of crime, with satisfaction levels at 92%, this reinforces that we put victims of crime at the heart of everything we do.”